With her sultry and soulful sound, live-sounding instrumentals, and her unforgettable vocals, songstress Nalani Rothrock is sure to have a “hold on” both your heart and your headphones.
Rothrock left her roots in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, to kick her boots here under the bright neon lights of Music City. Three years since her move, Rothrock has had audiences all across town moving and grooving to her modern take on an old-soul sound.
Rothrock’s soul-filled influences take center stage in her newest single “Hold On”, which premiered on all streaming platforms last Friday.
In the single, she speaks up against her partner, demanding that she doesn’t want to be mistreated and undervalued by them anymore, with the hook line bluntly stating: “Hold on baby / I can’t let ya do me like that.” The instrumentation is another highlight of “Hold On”, with a full live band and background singers supporting Rothrock’s raspy and endearing vocals.
The vivaciously groovy track features the musical stylings of guitarist Joshua Lamkin, Grammy winner Kevin McKendree on keyboards, Steve Mackey on bass, Lynn Williams on drums, and Nicole Boggs and Jackie Wilson on background vocals. “Hold On” was written by Rothrock and Lamkin, and was produced, recorded and mixed by McKendree at The Rock House (Franklin, TN). “Hold On” is one of many upcoming tracks from her soon to be released album, The Rock House Sessions (Extended Cut).
Rothrock is not merely another cookie-cutter country pop songwriter getting lost in the Nashville shuffle, but a unique voice in the soul, roots, and blues community. Be on the look out for much more from this burgeoning songstress.
Photo by Megan Roxane Shea